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Kentucky College of Optometry faculty present at state meeting

June 17, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry faculty members Eilene E. Kinzer, O.D., M.Ed., VFL, FAAO, and Gregory S. Moore, O.D., recently presented a lecture to the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA). Kinzer and Moore are senior clinical instructors at the Kentucky College of Optometry.

Held in Lexington, the KOA Spring Conference provides up to 20 hours of optometric continuing education to optometrists throughout the state. Kinzer and Moore presented “My Eye Hurts ... I Need Percocet,” a two-hour pain management course approved by the national Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE). COPE is a regulatory board that approves continuing education for optometric licensing boards.

The course described ocular pain management protocols and treatment plans for patients, as well as drug diversion training. This course also satisfies the pain management and therapeutic management education annual requirements for Kentucky optometrists.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction has begun on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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